Fergus Hanson

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12 Dec 2017

This report assesses the national approach of Asia–Pacific countries to the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, taking a holistic approach that assesses governance and legislation, law enforcement, military capacity and policy involvement, and business and social engagement in cyber policy and security issues.


7 Sep 2017

The articles reprinted in this report give a range of perspectives on the recent Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) review and its recommendations.

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19 Aug 2016

The 21st edition of the G20 Monitor highlights considerations for the G20 ahead of the 4–5 September 2016 G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China. It also canvasses three topics that are possibly of interest to the 2017 German G20 Presidency: cyber rule-setting, global migration governance,...

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22 Feb 2015

This paper discusses the Islamic State's success in using social media and other communications technologies to recruit fighters from Southeast Asia and Australia.


Southeast Asia has direct experience of returning extremists. Indonesian veterans of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan laid the...

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5 Jun 2012

The 2012 Lowy Institute Poll reports the results of a nationally representative opinion survey of 1,005 Australian adults conducted in Australia between 26 March and 10 April 2012 using mobile and landline telephones.

It also reports the results of a parallel survey conducted in...

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27 Mar 2012

This report maps the US State Department's rapidly growing ediplomacy effort.

It reveals State now employs over 150 full-time ediplomacy personnel working in 25 different nodes at Headquarters. More than 900 people use ediplomacy at US missions abroad.

The report – the result...

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20 Mar 2012

The Lowy Institute Indonesia Poll reports the results of the Institute’s second opinion poll in Indonesia. The findings challenge many assumptions about Indonesia on issues like attitudes towards Australia and the United States,...

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28 Jun 2011

New questions this year cover attitudes towards the US alliance and the war in Afghanistan, opinions on basing US forces in Australia, WikiLeaks, foreign aid and the intervention in Libya.

The Poll also repeated questions asked in previous years, revealing trends in public opinion...

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7 Apr 2011

In light of the continued diplomatic truce with Taiwan, this paper reassesses the drivers of China’s engagement in the Pacific, examines trends in China’s aid giving and associated concerns, as well as survey results of China’s follow-through on aid delivery since 2005.

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30 Nov 2010

E-diplomacy is disrupting old ways of achieving foreign policy goals, writes Fergus Hanson for the Australian, and DFAT needs to catch up.

Last week Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd set out his vision for the future of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He...

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